Call for Applications
Summer School: Challenging Theories and Reconsidering Paradigms
The International Network in Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies (INREES) welcomes PhD candidates working in the field of social sciences and humanities to a five-day intensive course in Vähäjärvi on 28 August – 1 September 2023
There are many ways to understand ‘theory,’ but few would disagree that theories are an integral part of all scholarly study. Theory building is cumulative and doctoral dissertations are both drawing on previous literature and challenging it. However, revisiting old approaches seems particularly emergent in times of turmoil. In Russian, Eurasian and Easter European Studies, Russia’s war on Ukraine has called scholars to reconsider the theories we have used and to critically reflect on dominant paradigms.
The INREES Summer School 2023 contains lectures on theoretical approaches and choices in area studies. In the workshops, the doctoral researchers will present a paper that can be a draft of an article or a chapter from their dissertation.
- Luca Anceschi, University of Glasgow
- Sari Autio-Sarasmo, University of Helsinki
- Vladimir Gel’man, University of Helsinki
- Yulia Gradskova, Södertörn University
- Andrey Makarychev, University of Tartu
- Svetlana Erpyleva, Public Sociology Laboratory, University of Bremen
The intensive course consists of lectures, thematic panels and workshops in which doctoral students have the opportunity to get comments on their papers. The papers can be research plans, chapters from dissertations or article drafts. Additionally, PhD students will have a chance to improve their pedagogical skills by commenting on Russian Studies MA students’ research plans.
The summer school will cover the costs of accommodation, meals and transportation from Helsinki to Vähäjärvi, Hämeenlinna: http://www.vahajarvi.fi/
The course requirements for 5 ECTS (evaluation accepted/rejected):
- Presenting a paper in the summer school
- Active participation at lectures and workshops
Please send your applications with an abstract (max 300 words) of your paper, your affiliation and contact information by 27 May 2023 through the link below. The notification of the acceptance will be sent by 2 June.
For more information, you can contact project planner Yuliya Brin (email@example.com) or the coordinator of the INREES Kaarina Aitamurto (Kaarina.firstname.lastname@example.org )